Edinburgh flower clock 2015

This is the Edinburgh flower clock for 2015, this has been a feature of west Princes street gardens since 1903.  it has ~ 40,000 plants, with a new theme each summer, this years theme is to celebrate Edinburgh’s 10th anniversary as the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature.  there is also a small cuckoo that pops out every fifteen minutes

Edinburgh flower clock 2015

Edinburgh flower clock 2015

Greyfriars Bobby’s wee nose

Please leave Greyfriars Bobby’s wee nose alone, it isn’t tradition to rub the nose on this statue and I have no idea where this ‘tradition’ started.  No it won’t bring you any luck, you will just irritate the locals, Despite several paint (nose) jobs people still rub the poor wee dugs nose

Greyfriars Bobby’s wee nose

Greyfriars Bobby’s wee nose

Someone has put up a wee note, asking ‘please don’t touch my nose, love Bobby’

Greyfriars Bobby was a wee Skye terrier, legend has it after his owner John Grey died and burried in Greyfriars kirkyard, this loyal wee dug spent the rest of his life at his masters grave, a whole fourteen years.

So, yes…. please don’t rub Greyfriars Bobby’s wee nose, please! :)

Heart Of Midlothian

Edinburgh! the Royal Mile – or the high street if you wish.
you may notice this mosaic patterns outside St. Giles Cathedral, – The Heart Of Midlothian. This marked the entrance of a 15th century Toll booth,  (demolished ~1817). The administrative center of the town, where proclamations were read aloud, taxes collected and the codenamed executed. a very frightening place indeed.

heart of midlothian high street

heart of midlothian high street

The building also features in Sir Walter Scott’s novel, The Heart of Midlothian, published in 1818.
and the name of one of Edinburgh’s Football Teams.

you may also see people spit at the center, this could be interpreted as a  sign of disdain to the goverment, the taxes collected, or the people executed, it really depends on whom one asks.

Forth Bridge Now A World Heritage Site

Forth Bridge Now A World Heritage Site.

Forth Bridge - Now a Unesco World Heritage Site

Forth Bridge – Now a Unesco World Heritage Site

The Forth Bridge has become the sixth Scottish landmark to be awarded Unesco World Heritage Site status.

The decision was announced at a meeting in the German city of Bonn after the UN’s cultural committee spent more than a year considering its nomination.

World heritage status is given to sites of “outstanding universal value” with the aim of protecting them for future generations.

The distinctive red bridge has carried trains over the Forth since 1890.
Full link BBC

Forth Bridge Panoramic - Now a Unesco World Heritage Site

Forth Bridge Panoramic – Now a Unesco World Heritage Site

Forth Bridge Now A World Heritage Site

Construction : 1882
Total length : 2,529 m
Bridge type : Cantilever bridge
Height : 110 m
Architects : Sir John Fowler, 1st Baronet, Benjamin Baker
Location : Edinburgh, Fife, United Kingdom

http://www.forth-bridges.co.uk/

Mini Kelpies statues

Mini Kelpies Statues have been installed the west end of princes street, they are smaller versions of their siblings through in Falkirk.  The mini Keplies will remain there until the end of the Edinburgh festival.

Mini kelpies, West end Princes Street

Mini kelpies, West end Princes Street

For the non Scottish, a Kelpie is a mythical water spirit they normally take the form of a horse, you have a urge to mount and ride the beautiful beast, however when mounted there is no escape!  They will bolt to the nearest loch or body of water dragging you to the depth and your eventual death.

Mini kelpies, West end Princes Street

Mini kelpies, West end Princes Street

Mini kelpies

Mini kelpies

I think these are wonderful, it would be great if they found a permanent home here in Edinburgh.